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Stravinsky Inside Out$
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Charles Joseph

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300075373

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300075373.001.0001

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Truths and Illusions: Rethinking What We Know

Truths and Illusions: Rethinking What We Know

(p.1) Chapter 1 Truths and Illusions: Rethinking What We Know
Stravinsky Inside Out

Charles M. Joseph

Yale University Press

This chapter introduces the grandiose figure that is Igor Stravinsky, his eccentric nature and his ability to transition smoothly between the worlds of high and pop culture in a way that no other composer before him could. In a sense, the aura and demeanour that Stravinsky presented to his public mirrored that of Albert Einstein in the sense that they both made that leap from rarefied intellectual to pop hero and icon. Stravinsky was one who was more than willing to indulge in self-promotion that he made it a point to be sure that others recognized him. So concerned he was with what was written about him that he would comment on every biography and magazine article that would focus upon his life. His outcry would be loudest, however, when it came to Eric Walter White. Thus this chapter takes a comprehensive look at the life of Stravinsky, questioning the truths and illusions that surround him and providing a broad spectrum of his character.

Keywords:   Igor Stravinsky, Albert Einstein, Eric Walter White, pop hero, rarefied intellectual

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